THE NAME OF THE ROSE BY UMBERTO ECO(BOOK REVIEW)
July 2, 2009 § 13 Comments
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I picked up this book , after reading an interview with Umberto Eco in my English textbook at school ( ha it seems like as if a centrury has passed since I finished my schooling) . The name appealed to me and since the book was based in medieval Italy , I was curious at the prospects of learning more about Christianity and medieval Europe .
Adso of Melk and his master Brother William of Baskerville visit an Italian abbey on ‘business’ . There they are informed about a murder(allegedly ) which took place before the arrival . The abbot , designates Brother William ( a former Inquisitor ) to solve the case . But by the time “the business” is done with , blood is shed (along with a few virtues) and the devil seems to have taken over the holy place .
The book displays the acumen , intellegence and shrewness of Brother William. Apart from the macabre , the book contains many a philosophical dilogue and argument.
It takes a while to get used to the style of writing . The first person narrative is complete with dreams and (something which people of the modern era seem to lack) euphaism. The book is well knit , the thread being the chapters which are divided according to liturgical hours .
The descriptions and movements are well articulated -Everything seems to come alive . But the Latin strewn in between ( without translation) is sort of irritating , but it sure does add to the medieval feel of the book .
I loved the book – the style and the presentation and well everything on the whole , makes it a “Vintage Future Classic”(as written on the book cover , at least on my copy ). If you have the time to apply your head and read , it is a good book to read . I managed to solve the “problem” to a certain extent(figured out who was behind the whole fiasco) . The book does draw a little bit of your emotion , especially the prosecution of the accused and the burning at the stake are described .
Rating- 7/10 . I might be underranking this , but then there are places where it does get boring .